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Hawksbill turtle resting on the bottom of the sea, Maldives. Photo.

Why Are Hawksbill Turtles Critically Endangered?

Hawksbill turtles are currently classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Prized for their beauty and wanted for their eggs and meat, they have been hunted for thousands of years. Today they are also at risk from by-catch, ghost fishing, coastal development and climate change, among other threats.

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